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Old January 16th, 2014, 04:31 AM   #21
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New Construction Threatens Beloved 57th St. Rizzoli Bookshop



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As if there was some kind of bizarre competition to stack 57th Street with new developments at a breakneck pace, it appears yet another one is on its way. The Times reports that the limestone mansion at 31 West 57th Street, which currently houses the beloved Rizzoli bookstore on its ground floor, might not be long for this world. A developer duo of LeFrak and Vornado Realty Trust apparently told the shop that it planned to demolish the 109-year-old lowrise, along with two of its similarly sized neighbors, to make way for a new development. Though they didn't disclose the size or scope of the project, given the myriad megatowers rising right now along that thoroughfare-in-flux, we can imagine it'll be tall. Folks are already mourning the bookstore's imminent ouster—the place is beautiful—though one source told the Times that the developers hoped to find Rizzoli a new home (it's already moved once before, also due to a real estate boom!) and are deciding between a residential and commercial tower for the site.




Sad to see these wonderful limestones go. After Vornado's 220 CPS reveal today, anything's possible here....
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Old January 16th, 2014, 08:10 AM   #22
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The Cafe Classico short one is especially beautiful. For a supertall, though, I'll be willing to part with it
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Old January 16th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #23
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I don't think Hadassah is part of this assemblage. Digging reveals that Sedesco -- an entity independent of Vornado -- is behind the LLC that acquired Hadassah & 43 W 57th. Given that, it would seem that Vornado lacks the air rights to build a supertall here, as they only have 31 & 33 West 57th Street. Solow owns 35 W 57th Street.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 11:14 PM   #24
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They should preserve the facades.
I agree. They would form a nice front, with the tower more backward.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 12:09 AM   #25
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if this site doesn't yield a supertall it's a waste of history. I was ok with the Drake because we knew 440 Park would go supertall.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #26
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I would be very surprised if Hadassah is not part of this. It wouldn't make sense to anyone not to combine the contiguous sites.
I agree. But that is what the LLCs say... given that Hadassah can't be demolished til 2015 anyways, perhaps they have held off on announcing any deal?
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:54 AM   #27
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Isn┤t Shvo┤s site just a tad to the west of this?
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:03 AM   #28
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But we don't know who owns the LLCs.
Yea the only thing I found was the registered address for bob57 which is located at 444 Madison #1700 which belongs to this Turkish company called Sedesco.

Sedesco Inc
http://www.sedescoinc.com

Anyone know any developers with Turkish background??
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:13 AM   #29
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Yea the only thing I found was the registered address for bob57 which is located at 444 Madison #1700 which belongs to this Turkish company called Sedesco.

Sedesco Inc
http://www.sedescoinc.com

Anyone know any developers with Turkish background??
So Heres a possible connection....
http://www.rew-online.com/2013/04/19/have-you-heard-3/

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At the pinnacle of his marketing career, Shvo was hailed as a genius for developing concepts that sold billions of dollars worth of real estate.

But he disappeared as fast as the celebrity parties he threw when the market crashed and, for the past two years, appears to have been busy building a career as an art aficionado and getting hitched to long-time girlfriend, Turkish model Seren Ceylan.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 06:53 AM   #30
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i wish some of the dutch structures were preserved but thats in FiDi so where woud it go
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Old January 17th, 2014, 07:00 AM   #31
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Yea the only thing I found was the registered address for bob57 which is located at 444 Madison #1700 which belongs to this Turkish company called Sedesco.

Sedesco Inc
http://www.sedescoinc.com

Anyone know any developers with Turkish background??
That's what I found, too -- and I only know of Sedesco because they are building 34 East 51st Street, which is an SOM-designed project next to The Palace.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 07:58 AM   #32
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Read CB5 resolution to land mark 29 West 57, 33 West 57 & the Rizzoli Building
http://www.cb5.org/cb5/resolutions/o.../#o_west57th31


Request for designation of 31 West 57th Street.

WHEREAS, The Sohmer Building at 31 West 57th Street was constructed in 1919 as a 6-story piano showroom, designed by architect Randolph Almiroty in the French Classical style, featuring a single broad archway framed by quoins; and

WHEREAS, Randolph Almiroty was a partner in the architectural firm of Browne & Almiroty established in 1910 and dissolved in 1916 and as architects they worked separately in NYC from the late 1900’s; and

WHEREAS, Among the buildings Almiroty designed was 31 West 11t h Street, a neo-classical apartment building, built in 1910 in the Greenwich Village Historic District, and 30-32 West 24th Street, a neo-Gothic store and loft building in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, 31 West 57th Street was built for the Sohmer Piano Company, which occupied the entire building, and was the manufacturer of musical instruments and one of the major piano manufacturers in NYC, and is the earliest known of the extant piano company buildings even predating the showrooms for Steinway and Chickering; and

WHEREAS, The Sohmer Piano Company was one of the major piano manufacturers for close to 100 years, and their pianos are considered among the finest in the world; and

WHEREAS, Hugo Sohmer, born in Germany, founded Sohmer & Company in America in 1872, which later became the American Piano Company, is credited with inventing the first baby grand in 1884 and for making custom made pianos for such famous people as Jean Harlow, Al Jolson, Ramon Navarro, Victor Herbert (owned several), Irving Berlin (owned three), and President Calvin Coolidge; and

WHEREAS, Although Sohmer sold 31 West 57th Street in 1952, they continued to lease part of it for many years as a showroom for their pianos and sold out to Pratt, Reed & Co in 1982, which continued to make Sohmer Pianos until the 2000’s when the SMC company in Korea, the largest piano maker in the world, began to produce them; and

WHEREAS, In 1986, the building was restored by the noted N.Y. architectural firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, and the Rizzoli Bookstore is now the sole tenant; and

WHEREAS, It is one of many buildings on the 57th Street thoroughfare that helped establish 57th Street as the foremost musical center of the country, called “Piano Row”; and

WHEREAS, 31 West 57 has a balustrade railing which occurs at the base of the second story and the parapet, flat abstracted label moldings of the second story windows, fifth story pilasters and bracketed cornices; the severe and abstract classicism of the building may have been influenced by the modern French architecture of this period; and

WHEREAS, There is some symmetry in the window detailing on floors three, four and five, and are all metal framed windows; on the sixth floor there is an eight pane French door/windows; and

WHEREAS, The Sohmer Factory in Long Island City, although no longer making pianos, was designated a NYC landmark in 2007; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five strongly supports the designation of 31 West 57th Street.


Of course the vote for the 3 buildings for designation was unanimous.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 38 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstention.

Even if this gets successfully landmarked, just do it the ShoP way.
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Luckily that is from May 2007, as well.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #35
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More crappy glass to NYC,and less brownstones and identity
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #36
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Nobody knows if it will be glassy or not. It's not even sure whether it will be residential or office.
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Luckily that is from May 2007, as well.
Doh.. I been duped. Looks like they already failed. It's a good read to learn the history of those buildings anyway.


Hope it's going to be a good design and at least they preserve the facades.


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The ShoP way is what they did with the 111W57, preserving the Steinway building and incorporating something new and daring.


Another good example is what had been done with the Hearst Building by Foster.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 06:20 PM   #38
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I hope they won┤t tear down 29w57th, it has one of the best roof features worldwide. It would be insane to raze it. I can get over the smaller buildings but not 29.
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The city of New York has to be semi retarded to let these buildings be demolished in place of a glass tower.
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Glass is class

NY is filled with similar old buildings anyway that are illegal to demolish.
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